Friday, July 7, 2017

Quick Takes 3

 1. On July 4th, Elvis Costello quietly squeaked out a new single under his alias The Imposter. It is a fab cover of Paul Simon's "American Tune" backed with an equally fab EC original, "Lucky Dog." Check it out below

2. For those of you who have been enjoying your vinyl since the dawn of man and have not just climbed aboard in recent years, may I just say that the recent Bob Ludwig remasters of the early Elton catalogue are to die for. "Tumbleweed Connection" sounds like the band is in your living room, assuming of course, you are also in the living room. Check those out HERE

3. You don't need to be a fan of Queen to absolutely love this video of 65K people passing the time while waiting for Green Day to take the stage in Hyde Park

4. Just finished Graeme Thomson's book on the late great Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy.  It was difficult to fully enjoy a story about the slow demise of a such a troubled soul. I will say this. I do NOT understand why both "Chinatown" and "Renegade," Lizzy's first two studio recordings for Warner Brother, are regarded as garbage. I find both to be as good as anything they released during their Mercury run, and both are much better than most of what's found on their swansong, "Thunder & Lightning," which seems to get a lot more acclaim.

Here's a track from each.


Dr Wu said...

That video from the Green Day show should settle any argument as to the greatest band of alltime. Lol! Inspiring. Thanks for sharing, sir

OldRockr1 said...

You are so right about the Elton John re-issues. They sound wonderful. It has been really tough to find quiet pressings among all the used copies out there. I've bought the first, Tumbleweed, Madman and Capt. Fantastic. All are most definitely worth it.

Chris Collins said...

This Green Day video is so incredibly touching. wow!

cmealha said...

The Elton stuff is great news. Thanks for the heads up.

dogbreath said...

Loving the Green Day crowd singalong thing, heartwarming indeed. Plus no argument from me on the Lizzy albums you mention, always been favourites of mine & re-stoke good memories of seeing the boys perform in their latter days. Cheers for the post!